How I Organize All The Small Things In My Creative Space

collage of organized tools and embellishments with text: How I Organized All the Small Things in My Creative Space

We interrupt our regularly-scheduled Studio Sunday post to bring you something a little bit different. For the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing updates on our progress as we get ourselves moved into our brand-spankin’-new studio.

And let me tell you something, it’s definitely a process! For the moment, we’re at a standstill while we wait on a few things. One of which is for my husband to help me with the Industrial Pipe Workbench. And of course there are a few other things in the works too.

There usually always is around here. Lol…

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This week, I thought it would be fun to talk about how I organize all the small things in my creative space. So let’s take a tour inside all of the many baskets and bins I’ve collected over the years and see what’s where at the moment.

This is by no means everything, but it at least gives you an idea. If you’re looking for some perspective, you can check out last week’s post to see the overall layout of this space.

alphabet stickers in rolling cart
First thing’s first, all of my alphabet stickers are in my Raskog cart. You can find similar carts at Michael’s. I’m actually waiting on 6″ x 12″ clear storage bags* to organize all of my Thickers and then those will be in this cart as well.

galvanized metal bin full of chipboard letters
Did you see the awesome galvanized steel bins on the shelf? Most of them are empty at the moment, but a few of them are full of chipboard.

wooden organizer filled with Cricut cartridges and embossing folders
Here’s where we’re keeping our Cricut cartridges and embossing folders. I’m not particularly fond of the numbers on this little organizer, so I’m seriously considering painting the entire thing white and distressing it. Someday, I’m sure.

wicker and canvas baskets filled with packaged embellishments
There are various packaged embellishments in these baskets. I organize some things by color and others by type. These ones are of course organized by type.

packaged embellishments in wicker and canvas baskets
The embellishments in the pink basket are organized by brand. That’s not something I do very often, but I had so many packages of Glitz embellishments that it just seemed like the best option. It just goes to show that you don’t necessarily have to organize everything in the exact same way.

scrapbooking supplies organized into baskets on shelves
I also put my most-used adhesives in a basket. As much as I sometimes hate these baskets, there’s something to be said for “easy to get out and easy to put away,” which is definitely the case when you use all open storage.

photo storage box beside a basket of paper flowers and mini patterned paper stacks
I have all of my die cuts organized in the clear storage case*. Each category is in its own 4×6 photo case.

two galvanized metal bins filled with ribbon and fabric
For the time-being, fabric and ribbon are in these galvanized steel bins. I also have some ribbon in Ziplocs, which will eventually end up organized in glass jars by color.

mixed media and art journaling supplies organized in wicker and canvas baskets
I keep all of my mixed media and art journaling supplies in baskets as well. These are very loosely sorted. You can see watercolors and such, ink pads, paints and mediums, and then liquid inks.


baskets of mixed media and art journaling suppliesAnd of course all of these baskets are filled with mixed media and art journaling supplies as well.


organized stamps in basketsI also have some of the my stamps organized in these pink baskets.

Iris cases filled with stamps and ephemera

The remainder of them are in IRIS cases*. I separated the roller stamps, acrylic stamps, and rubber stamps into their own containers. The top few project cases* are ephemera and you can see how I organized it here.

wooden desk organizer filled with paint brushes and other tools
All of my tools and basically anything that’s sharp is in this container (if you’re interested, you can find a similar one here*), which is kept out of the little guy’s reach. Scissors, Exacto knives, etc. are all in this little wooden organizer.

glass jars filled with washi tape and wood veneers organized into embroidery floss boxes

Washi tape is organized by color in glass jars and all of my wood veneers are in these embroidery floss boxes*.

Like I said, that’s by no means everything, but it should give you a decent idea of what the backbone of my organization looks like. If you have any questions or if there’s anything else you’d like to see, feel free to leave a comment.

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13 Comments

  1. Hi Linda! If you mean the little brown one I used to organize all of my tools, I found it at Hobby Lobby. Hope that helps! Thanks so much for visiting and have an awesome week!

  2. Hi Liz! The cube I’m currently using to organize my Copics was a handmade gift. My dad made it for me based on something I showed him from Pinterest. Hope that helps! Thanks for visiting and have an awesome week!

  3. Hi Cristi, Nice to see someone else has as much crafting materials as I do! Yours are much better organized though. Thanks for sharing – you’ve given me some good ideas for getting to work on sorting out mine! Blessings, Janet

  4. This looks brilliant, I have pockets of organisation and then quite a bit of mess. I dream of getting to this kind of pretty and functional storage. Thanks for sharing, great inspiration!

  5. Thanks so much, Julie! I’m definitely head over heels for our space. Thanks so much for visiting and have an awesome week!

  6. I’m so happy to hear that, Janet! I love organizing. Maybe more than making stuff. Lol… Thanks so much for visiting and have an awesome week!

  7. Lots of great ideas to organize small craft items. I use bottles and shoe box containers from the dollar store.

  8. That’s awesome, Erlene! Love that you found organizing solutions that work for you at the dollar store! I’ve been collecting stuff for years as I find sales and such. Thanks so much for visiting and have an awesome week!

  9. I totally did the same thing! I actually gave up my original space not too long after I found out I was pregnant with the little guy. And it was at least another year before we finished the studio. All things in their time, right? Thanks so much for visiting and have an awesome week!

  10. Hi.
    Love your storage ideas. I have quite a few stamps and I like your idea of having them loose and not in their sets 🙂

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